As a Brueggeman Fellow, Rachel traveled to Spain to study pilgrimage as a platform for interreligious dialogue. She chose to become a pilgrim and embark on the Way of St. James (El Camino de Santiago) in Northern Spain. This medieval pilgrimage route is approximately 750 km from Roncesvalles (the traditional starting point) to Santiago de Compostela. For 33 days, Rachel walked along the pilgrimage route, talked with other pilgrims from around the world, and enjoyed the pilgrimage as both an observer and a participant along the way.
What They're Doing Now
Rachel is currently the Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Coordinator for Holy Family Shelter, the largest homeless family shelter in Indiana. She volunteers her time with School on Wheels (an after-school tutoring program for homeless children) and Little Red Door (agency serving cancer patients and survivors). She is also a proud member of Hoosiers on the Camino, a local chapter in which pilgrims can gather and share their experiences on the Camino de Santiago. Rachel is also in graduate school earning her Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).